Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Domino Effect

I used to love playing with dominos as a kid.  Not the game itself, but the set them up, standing an inch apart, creating a swirl of designs, trails, spirals, branches from her to there.  And after an hour of prep, I’d flick that first one, and down they all go.  As they were fated to fall.  At least that’s the hope. 

 

Every morning I marvel at the domino effects all around me.  I see it all the time.  The guy that holds the subway door for his buddy, thus preventing the train from leaving for 10 more seconds.  But that mere 10 seconds then affects everyone on that train.  How many people is that?  100?  200?  More?  And then they all go out about their day.  Each 10 seconds later due to that subway ride.  One man could be late for an important interview, and is hit by a car upon leaving.  Another could miss his connecting subway, and miss his flight, but meets his next wife. 

 

It’s all magical and insane if you try to think about it too hard.  I used to try and peer into the complexities of just such a fate engine.  Every time I tried to book a flight, I’d become racked with anxiety, trying to decide on an 8:30 or a 9:30, weighing in traffic as well as the kind of people who would choose the later flight and possibly want to hook up with me in the airplane bathroom.  I would become racked with indecision, wondering if by choosing a later flight I could avoid a death sentence that would be guaranteed if I took the earlier flight.  This made travel for nearly impossible for me for a few months, until I just sucked it up and started looking for clues in the numbers.  Yes, I may be a little insane.  I’m a writer though, so give me a break. 

 

This morning, I had a particularly pleasant run-in.  I got to the intersection of 54th and 8th Avenue, and across the street was an insanely handsome chap.  Roughly six foot, dark hair, groomed beard, sunglasses, adorable smile.  He was wearing a light blue Keystone Light t-shirt and khaki shorts.  He smiled at me from across the traffic and for a second I was wondering if he smiling at me.  He was.  Once the light turned, we walked toward one another, exchanging big smiles, and then passing.  I stopped across the street and looked back.  After a few extra feet, he gave me a look back, smiled, and kept walking. 

 

You’re going to say, this kind of stuff happens all the time.  And you’re right.  But this wasn’t a regular morning for me. 

 

Firstly, the sun woke me up, overheating my face, three minutes before my alarm went off.  I got up, went about my morning routine, but ended up watching a full episode of an hour-long DVR’ed show (rather than half, as I usually do in the mornings).  I showered, dressed, and rather than go to 125th street for the express train, I stopped at the dry cleaners to get a new pair of pants hemmed.  I took the local from 116th, and got out at Columbus Circle.  It was a particularly nice day and I had to drop off a sample at a clinic (intestinal problems again, yay!).  Afterward, I finally resumed my usual walk to work, but paused at Dunkin Donuts.  This is a maybe 4 times a year type occasion for me, where I just decide, “Hey, I deserve something disgustingly delicious.”  So I got a glazed, walked out, and met my prince. 

 

That’s a lot of dominos that have to fall JUST RIGHT in order for he and I to cross paths.  Think about it.  An extra ten seconds somewhere here or there, and we wouldn’t have exchanged smiles.  Had I taken a left instead of a right, or skipped my donut, no look-back.  All those dominos had to be standing just right, pointing in just the right direction, needing just that perfect amount of force.  And then click click click click click click they all start falling into place. 

 

Is it fate?  Predestination?  Magical randomness?  Who knows.  Think about it too hard and you’ll either drive yourself neurotic or get a headache.

 

But I just got to work, sat down, ate my donut, and put up a MISSED CONNECTION on Craigslist.  Maybe he’ll answer, maybe he won’t.  But who knows, this guy could be my future husband.  Or best friend.  Or worst enemy.  His position in my life, if any, has yet to be revealed—at least to me.  But I enjoy thinking about all the steps that had to fall into place for me to be rewarded with a kind smile from a handsome gent. 

 

Good morning.  -r 

Friday, April 23, 2010

A PLAGUE OF STORIES


I live in America.  The great U.S. of A.  A land of great wealth and benefits.  A land of excess.  A land that has forgotten what moderation means.  And why moderate our intake of anything when we can have it all? 

 

Or at least that’s the idea. 

 

I went home to Texas last month, and I went into a grocery store.  It was daunting to see aisle after aisle of dozens of choices of soy sauce.  To see an entire aisle devoted to the simple choice of breakfast cereal.  It made me immediately miss Manhattan and its tiny bodegas.  And it got me thinking.  America has forgotten what its like to struggle to have just a little of something.  Instead we have a lot of everything.  And we all work our asses off to buy into the philosophy of MORE IS MORE. 

 

That’s why we anyone who can afford a basic cable package has a couple of hundred channels, each overwhelming stacked with TV show after TV show.  Program after program of stories.  And if you have the movie channels?  If you have HD channels?  If you have satellite channels form around the world?  Shit.  You could watch TV every hour of every day of every year for the rest of your life and never bump into the same episode twice.  Or maybe you could.  But you wouldn’t notice.  You’d be brain dead. 

 

I read an article some years ago that said your mind was less active while it watched TV then while it slept.  Not surprising really.  TV is an escape from life.  It’s an escape from your story, as you get to step into the fictionalized story of someone else.  Unless you’re watching reality TV, in which case you’re watching something “real.”  I add the quotation marks because it isn’t real.  You aren’t feeling or smelling or tasting or truly experiencing what the other person is (though give it time, and I’m sure we’ll have telepathic satellites beaming reality contestants every emotion into our brains).  What we’re getting is flashes of a story.  We’re being spoon-fed the story of a struggle, be it one of survival on an island, or a race around the world, or simple trying to be a good mom, or a battle against the mental disability which causes people to hoard everything they buy.  Whatever it is, it is simply a story.  A story of life.  A story of trying to overcome.  Quite simply, it’s something we can all relate to. 

 

But we forget—it’s just a story.  And it isn’t ours. 

 

We are surrounded by stories in America.  TV.  Movies.  Books.  Magazines.  Comics.  Hell, even music.  Each tells a story, be it on the radio morning show, or be it on prime time TV.  We have our weeklies and our monthlies and our dailies.  Story after story after story.  A bombardment of fiction and nonfiction and fictionalized reality—all of it a kind of controlled retelling of a story.  We get facets and inches and pieces and parts, but we never really get the whole story.  We are told stories about bad guys and good guys about husbands who cheated on their wives who we’ve all come to love in her movies, but what happens is we end up marginalizing the people.  We put them in a box and we slap a label on it.  But no person is ever one single thing. 

 

We are all of us a massive creature of dichotomy and ambiguity and confusion.  We are chemically destined to be irrational and insane creatures.  We try so hard to not be animals, but by definition we are just that.  Animals.  But our society and our community are turning us into animals addicted to stories. 

 

You’re wondering if this is a bad thing?  Hmmm.  I don’t know.  I don’t want to pass a moral judgment here, but for me personally, yeah, I think any kind of addiction is a bad thing. 

 

Yeah, I love stories.  For fuck’s sake, I’m a writer.  I like to create stories day in and day out.  My day job is as a comic book editor.  So by day and by night, by my salaried position and my freelance gigs, I am in the business of creating stories.  It isn’t stories I have the problem with, but the immediate excess of them. 

 

One hundred years ago, there were no TV’s.  People read novels, and I’m guessing here, but those were hard to come by.  You lived your own life, your own story.  And you were exposed to the stories of those around you.  But the ego had less to pray on.  There was envy and upset, there was love and sadness, and there was happiness.  But mostly, life was a struggle to live as best you could.  This is something that hasn’t changed in hundreds if not thousands of years.  Then fifty years ago, people had radio.  And some, but certainly not all, began getting TV’s.  but even then, it was limited programming.  But now?  Now…  well, I’ve already been over what it’s like now. 

 

So why is this bad?  Because people are forgetting to live their lives.  They are living for stories.   And because of so much of our life being focused on stories, we begin to create stories all around us.  We tell ourselves we aren’t rich enough or cool enough or in shape enough.  We become so involved with the images that are portrayed in these stories that we lose the substance that life is meant to be made of. 

 

Or maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe this is what we’re supposed to do.  I don’t know.  It just seems a little too much sometimes.  For me personally, I think I need a good break from stories.  I don’t mind creating my own, but I think a little less stories for a while could do me some good.  And not just the stories on my TV or on the big screen, but the stories in my head.  That I’m not good enough or rich enough or cool enough.  Because those?  Those are just stories in my head that aren’t real.  It’s an illusion.  No more real than MTV’s Real World.  They’re just ideas.  It’s just the ego playing tricks on me. 

 

You have to go by what you feel.  Not what that voice in your head tells you, but that thought behind the voice.  Your instinct.  Your gut.  Your spirit. 

 

Sometimes we forget there’s that whole other layer within us, just beneath the surface.  Because of all these stories, we forget that there’s more to this world than we can see on the TV or in a set of abs. 

 

Man, am I preachy in the mornings.  I should go back to bed.  Xoxo, r

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Rough

Last night, Stephen and I fought. (Again.) And then we talked. (Again.) And then we cried. (Again.) We are trying to figure out the apartment situation, as living together just doesn’t feel like a viable option any longer.

Ugh. This shit isn’t easy.

My side—my story—is based on my perspective. And perspective—by its very definition—is a limited view. It cannot be the whole truth because it is only a smaller part of the big picture. I’m still too close to it, but when I have those rare moments in between, when time seems to vanish, just for a moment, I can see that everything is going to move forward. This is the end of no one’s world. It is simply the close of one chapter, and the beginning of another.

I suppose that perhaps, the timing was all wrong for Stephen and myself. We both have a lot of growing to do. And neither of us is a monster for that. He did things. I did things. We both we’re not always pleasant. We both we’re not always loving. But I think we both tried our hardest. And in the end, isn’t that all anyone can really manage to do?

I wish I had this calm perspective more of the time. When it comes to Stephen, I am like this massive storm. There is no reason or logic, only emotional fury and passion. I am reduced to the five-year-old Rex who is desperately clinging to something he finds comfort in. He hasn’t yet learned the lesson that no one plays for keeps in this lifetime. Nothing stays forever. The rest is my ego screaming to win the competition. But there is no competition. There can be no winners here. And no losers either. We both had, and have, lessons to learn, and I think we’re still learning them. And then there's me, now, this calm rational buddhist, that is just smiling because he knows something the rest of my personalities have yet to grasp.

I miss him. Not just as a partner, but as a friend. And given time, I think we can be friends again. Easy task? Not right now. But with time, comes perspective. Time is the great expanse that one can either choose to learn from, or not. And some people stick to their guns, and think that they’ve learned all they need to know by kindergarten. But there’s a whole world out there. A whole stretch of knowledge and ideas and perspectives and art and landscapes and scents and tastes and senses. There’s a quote out there, and apologies if I butcher it, but it goes something like this:

There are angels out there whose only job is to keep people from falling asleep and missing their life.

And that’s what this big break-up was for me. A big wake-up. I was falling asleep at the wheel. And though it hurts at times, and I miss the “us” at times, I have to say—it’s good to be awake again. Even if it hurts sometimes. So I just have to remind myself to pull back, open my eyes, and remember that the sun never sets. On earth it may seem as though it does, but from space, the sun is always shining.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

REVERSE

As I walked to work this morning, I was considering perception. Our perception of reality governs the way we see the world. But what if we were seeing it all wrong?

What if we were seeing things in reverse?

Or more, what if the way we see things—in the chronology we believe to be adamant—is only temporary? Or superfluous? Take a step out of your consciousness, and just consider…


Billions of years ago, in a single flash, the universe exploded. The Big Bang. And the universe has been exploding outward ever since. What if one day, the universe could expand no more, and—like a balloon that can get no larger, and the air now being let out—it seeks to return to its original form. And everything starts going back to the way it was.

Those who had died, would return to living and age backward. Oxygen would and sun rays would not damage the body, as the energy would flow out and return to its source. We would take waste back into our bodies and our body would reinvigorate the animals parts and the plant pieces, and we would unchew it, and spit the food back onto our plates where it would be returned to the farm and the animals would be put back together and they would live again, and like us, be born of death and age in backwards until they rejoin their mother’s womb and shrink until they divide into an egg and their father’s seed.

All life would age backwards, in reverse, and return to the one source from which we all came.

There is a kind of beauty in it that makes me wish this were the way in which we lived. In reverse.

In that, rather than all of us aging towards death and the eventual fleeing of the spirit (or the energy that creates that spirit) from the body, we would return to our mothers who would in turn return to hers and so on, until we all became part of something greater than ourselves. Instead, we move “forward” towards being alone.

Or perhaps not.

This world is bigger than any of us can quite understand. And I suspect we know less about the true dynamics and physics of our universe than we suspect. We are but the most infantile children in the scope of knowledge of this place… Makes ya feel small, don’t it? Hehe.



-Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

the perfect shower

Today might be the most beautiful morning I can remember here in New York in some time. Nothing has happened out of the ordinary, as I woke, showered, and came to work. But the weather outside—it is crisp and cool. The air soft. No, it isn’t the weather itself, but the way it touches on my memory.

This morning, as I showered, the bathroom door open, and all the house windows wide, the cool air from outside wafted in, moving the mist of the shower in settle random ways that only nature can achieve. As the hot water beat down on me, and the cool air dances across my naked flesh, memories stirred of San Francisco.

What was it? Eight years back I think. Staying at Brett’s house just off of Castro. His shower was hot, and there was a small window, cracked, where the cool air from outside came in, mingling with the hot water pouring down from overhead. What is it about the mixing of the elements that tantalizes? The air cool, the water warm, the porcelain beneath your feet solid. It’s perfect. Grounded and airy. My mind drifts.

San Fran isn’t the only time those elements have met and washed over me. I know of other memories, but they hesitate to come forward, instead letting me just relish in it. I know it might seem silly to write a journal entry about a good shower, but I can’t help but think it’s this kind of small stuff I haven’t been appreciating in my life.

That, and when memories stretch you backward across time, I can’t help but feel they do so for a reason. Eight years ago, I was such a different person, with such different perspectives, and still na├»ve in more ways that I can count. It was a lifetime ago. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that I’m a survivor. The pangs I suffer now can draw a parallel with the pains I suffered then, and be reminded, that I will get through this. These little trials are what life is made up of. They are part and parcel.

Last night, dinner with my best bud Victor at The Elephant in the East Village, Feist was playing overhead. And something in the song and in the air and in the meal hit me like a subtle wave of the lightest bricks. It was just one of those moments when you can’t wait to meet that new person who will make you believe in love again, even if only for a second. To go on that first date and reach out and touch fingertips or rub knees under the table. To get those texts and phone calls that you just can’t wait to answer. To be in bed with that person for the first time and be nervous be you actually care what’s going to happen and how nice it will be to wake up next to them in the morning. To have all that—HOPE. And it’s just amazing, the way it made me feel. So alive and scared (but not in the anxious way) and happy and giddy and horny and ready to just explode into a million little stars in the night sky.

And yeah, even though other stuff sucks right now, and things are confusing, and I worry that I’ll be alone when I’m eighty, it’s nice to have a reminder from the past that all this stuff is so transitory in the first place anyways. The only thing we can trust in is change and movement. Time doesn’t wait for us to make up our minds. So it’s better just to swim along with the current then try to stop and figure it out. And right now, I shouldn’t stop and try to sort it all out. I should just pick up my feet and let the river carry me where it will. And if something good comes along, I’ll plant my feet for a minute and just take it all in, and remember how great it is to have a nice hot shower in the cooling fall weather. The only thing that matters is now: this present moment.

-r

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Breaking up is hard to do...

So it's been two months since my relationship ended.

At first i was angry. REAL angry. 98% of my friends have never seen me in that place. and i hope none of you do. it's not pretty. have a shady, abusive, Texas trailer trash upbringing, and then you may understand. (throw in the fact that i've got 25% latino in me, and watch out.)

Then i just got sad. i fell apart. i crumbled. i cried. i lost almost 20 pounds from being unable to eat. i couldn't even sleep most nights. and when i did i woke up feeling as though i were being stabbed in the mornings... just pangs of anxiety in my digestive system. not fun.

Then i got okay with it. ...i mean, as okay as you can be when the man you love more than anything no longer feels the same.

For those wondering what happened... refer to life. life offers us no guarantees and no promises. i know that when i met Stephen, i had no faith in love. i didn't believe any two people could really make it work, as i have never met a couple with the staying power to make it work. i was okay with the idea that i'd stay single my whole life, and just have great friends, a great career, and lots of sex with strangers. and i was okay with that. but then i learned another way. and for that i am grateful... even though i am NOT grateful for the acute and new misery i have discovered in the last two months.

Yes, it was pretty bad. worse than i let anyone know. but it turns out i was stronger than i thought. i think most people are, given the opportunity to find out. it isn't pleasant, but life can't always be so. and let's face it... after you're homeless for 3 months at age 18 after being disowned by your family for being gay... THAT is bad. losing the man i planned to spend the rest of my life with? that was just horribly uncomfortable.

So today, I've been dragging a bit. Not depressed, just a down...

Last night I signed on to BMB and there he was, signed up as well... And stupidly I clicked on his profile (I have managed to stay away from his facebook profile for almost 2 weeks, which i consider a massive accomplishment) and looked at his pics, which made me smile (what can i say, i've never been attracted to anyone the way i was to him...), and then i began to tear up. Which of course then prompted me to dream of him. it's funny how intense the little things become...

This morning i woke up, and before even clearing my bed, I had a hard time breathing. i just missed the way things were before everything went downhill. I wasn't mad, or angry, or even jealous of his new guy, I was just... Clear. My mind has been dancing around ideas all morning while working, but eventually I walked to get lunch and there it was. A stream of thoughts about this kind of stuff...

I realized that when people split up, it is natural to get angry and sad and upset and so on. But that anger? They aren't mad at the other person, not really. How can you hate someone who you love that much? They aren't mad, they're simply scared of being alone.

A relationship let's people believe they will never be alone again, that whatever else happens, they will always have someone... through sickness and health, through layoffs and promotions, through deaths and births...you want to believe that this one person can be a CONSTANT in a world where there is no such thing. and when that illusion is crushed or taken away, we look to blame someone. And our former partners become easy targets...

I don't know. I may be completely wrong or just rambling from my own thoughts and feelings... i mean every person is unique, and all our body and brain chemistries are so different... but i think this is a universal. this isn't my head talking, this is my heart speaking.

Sure, I still have days where i am beyond pissed. or envious. or crushed. but i dont want him back. not after he hurt me like this. so why am i still mad?

I feel like my anger isn't solid... It's just a reaction. but the reaction isn't about him, or us, it's about me. Being scared. Being terrified of being alone. Of dying alone. that fear came before him. it's only fair then that it outlasted him. That fear is my companion.

I have been abandoned and rejected by my parents, by lovers, by friends. i have seen enough death in my life to last a dozen other lifetimes. but so it goes. it sucks. but life does not offer its condolences. it says, "okay, you have fallen. time to get up and get moving again. you can rest when you're dead."

Anyways, while I'm having this moment of clarity, I wanted to share. maybe it'll help someone else. maybe not. either way, if you're going through this, know you aren't alone. millions of people go through break ups every year, and the surprising news? no one dies from it. we don't. it hurts, but it won't kill us.

For me? I realize..i'm not mad. I'm just scared.

That's all I got. Peace to all of you. -r

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

30 Things About Rex You May or May Not Know

Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone else is doing "25 things about me", but I'm doing 30 cuz i'm 30. So there.


1.) i was born in Texas and yes, i lived in a trailer. as they say, you can take the boy out of the texas trailer park, but you can't take the Texas trailer park out of the boy.

2.) i have wanted to be a writer as long as i can remember. novels, comic books, movies, whatever. it's the whole reason i moved to New York City. and i finally got published this year. more to come...

3.) life has never really been easy for me. but since i moved to New York, i have found a kind of happiness i never expected to know.

4.) i was homeless once. homeless, as in living out of my truck, one time sleeping on the street, and often showering at the YMCA in New Orleans. it was only for 3 months, but it sucked. my dad had kicked me out for being gay, and i had no other family at the time. for that reason, i will never let a friend go without a warm meal or a place to sleep.

5.) i like comics books, bad sci-fi movies, good sci-fi movies, art history, and furry boys in jock straps. yum.

6.) did i mention i like furry boys in jock straps?

7.) i am 30. it's weird. with the things that came early in life, i never expected to make it past 18. then i never expected to make it past 25. now i'm 30. every day is a little surreal when i think about. life is good.

8.) my friends are my world. more than my gene donors (read: family), my friends are the thick and thin of it. they matter to me so much i can be a bit of a monster when i think one of them is mistreated. it drives my bf nuts.

9.) i drive my bf nuts rather often. sometimes in the cutesy "my bf is a monkey and makes me laugh" way, sometimes in the annoying "my bf is a jealous moody latino" way. but he puts up with me. and for that i am grateful.

10.) i have a bf (you may have heard of him: Stephen James Xanthos, he's well-bearded and apparently quite popular with bears between the ages of 18 and 104). i love him like i've never loved anyone else. i love him in a way i didn't think i was capable of. and i love him deeply and truly and passionately, and sometimes angrily. but i love him, and am still very much IN love with him. love is a weird creature, i've come to learn. it brings out the best and worst in me, but i have found myself striving to be a better person for stephen AND for myself. it's kind of a great feeling.

11.) because of stephen and a beautiful black pug named The Smoo, i have come to love dogs so much that i have exchanged my want for children for a want of dogs. and i want them now. I WANT PUPPIES.

12.) i love music. the way it makes me feel. the feelings and emotions they can invoke and instill in the breath of a single chorus. what's weird? i never pay attention to band names, song titles, or even lyrics. i literally ONLY let the music move me without giving it any more than surface thought. i often have fave songs for years before i sit down and read the lyrics and say, "ew. that's what that song is about??"

13.) i like tv more than i should, but i am proud to say i have cut way back. tv watching is the closest thing i've ever had to addiction...

14.) ...tv watching is the closest thing i've ever had to addiction. FACT. i tried smoking, but didn't like the way it made my clothes and fingers smell. and i've never been one for drugs, and i'm still not a champion drinker like my bf. i used to claim i was a sex addict, but the truth was (and is) i just enjoy sex... but there are times when i can't be bothered...thus, NOT an addict.

15.) i have renewed my love of video games. i have an xbox360, and there's nothing more fun than having friends come over and watch me play. ur, i mean, come and play WITH me.

16.) i don't like watching other people play video games. or sports. or anything of that genre. i am not for watching, i am for doing. except when it comes to some things, and then my anxiety takes hold and says, "I don't think so."

17.) i made it to the final round of Real World 10: Back to New York. I was cut last minute for the guy, also from austin, who had cancer. they said, and i quote, "You seem to have dealt with a lot of your problems, and become a more balanced person. You have told us about so much tragedy, but you haven't cried. Not once. Do you think you could try and cry for the camera?" my answer was no. but i'm in new york any way. :)

18.) i love to read. especially novels. i just rediscovered my love of 300 pages of story. all i did as a kid was read. when i moved to NYC i slowed down for lack of time in trying to get my writing career off the ground. but i'm back to reading. i wish every one had an 8th day in the week just to read. my faves go from All Souls Rising (about the Haitian rebellion) to Belle de Jour's Secret Diary of a Call Girl to Alice in Wonderland. ugh, give me a good book any day of the week.

19.) i find i never have enough time. to write. to read. to hit the gym. to hang with friends. to hang with stephen. to play with puppies. to breath. to relax. to sleep. it can be overwhelming at time. life seems to be going by way too fast. but i can't dwell on that...

20.) i can't dwell on the fast pace of life, because there is only one thing that terrifies me: death. it isn't the dying part (that part i'm rather curious about). it's what comes after. be there an afterlife or be there nothing, when i try to wrap my head around it, i shut down. i go into a dark place. i get depressed. and for a long time it was a kind of obsession for me. thus my useless degree in religion. but yeah, i am terrified of dying. the first part of my life was not fun. it was abuse and abandonment and people dying on me. my life now is nothing like that... but i dont want to lose any more friends. i want us all to be together forever and happy. not possible, but a boy can dream right?

21.) i have a tendency to get dark when i'm being honest with myself. i hope #20 didn't bring you down. apologies. i'll think of something brighter for #22.

22.) did i mention i like furry boys in jock straps? :)

23.) i love the sun. so much in fact i think i might be solar-powered. i'm serious.

24.) i have 4 tattoos but plan on getting more ASAP. i want my back done, and a sleeve.

25.) i have a niece and nephew who i think are the most amazing two people in the world. one day i hope to adopt them. or at the very least, move them to NYC when they're ready for college. i'd like to think i'd be a good dad.

26.) shit, now what i'm passed 25, my mind has stopped... but i started this so i have to finish it... which is another thing about me. i'm kinda OCD in that anything i am going to do, i am going to give it 105%, and i'm going to finish it. the only things this doesn't apply to is bad movies, dusting, and people who take too long to finish off.

27.) i am pumped about our new president, and have high hopes that humanity will turn the world around before we destroy it.

28.) i HATE people who litter. seriously, if i had a gun with free reign, it would be bad.

29.) i'd like to be god for a day. i have a lot of ideas on how to make the world a better place. (i think in a former life i was a dictator.)

30.) it's take me a long time, but i finally worked something out: LIFE IS GOOD. so take that in, put it in your pipe and smoke it, or just put it in your pocket for a rainy day. seriously, life is good and you should do your best to enjoy it. you only get this one, so take advantage.

thanks for reading. xoxo, gossip girl